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    Wednesday, December 07, 2022

    Region celebrates Make Music Day

    Jampson Jubilee performs at the Whale Tail Stage in New London on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    From the Whale's Tail in New London to Norwich's Artreach Inc., Make Music Day brought song and dance to Southeastern Connecticut on Monday, June 21, 2021.

    Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. More than 15 local sites hosted a variety of music performances during Monday's event. 

    At the Whale Tail stage in New London a small crowd enjoyed their lunch as Jampson Jubilee played through the lunch hour. A sing-along at Bill Memorial Library in Groton by Miss Mary-Jane and friends brought out the dance moves and egg shakers. At Artreach Inc., a volunteer led percussion classes as participants tried out the tambourine and cowbell.

    Helen Sakellarides was one of the participants in the Norwich non-profit's Finding your Groove Program. 

    "I wasn't expecting to do this today, I didn't even know it was happening," she said. 

    Sakellarides was getting her car serviced at a nearby dealership when she heard the music and decided to join in instead of waiting in the dealership lobby.

    Volunteer Jacob Graham leads a Finding Your Groove percussion session at Artreach, Inc. in Norwich on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    A crowd watches Jampson Jubilee performs at the Whale Tail Stage in New London on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Tracey Marley and her daughter Mallorie, 3, of Ledyard, dance during a sing-along with Miss Mary-Jane and friends at Bill Memorial Library in Groton on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Chris Harwell, a member of Artreach, Inc., plays the tamborine during a Finding Your Groove percussion session at the nonprofit in Norwich on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cara Meindl throws her daughter Summer, 2, as they sit on a blanket with her other daughter Marley, 1, of Stonington, during a sing-along with Miss Mary-Jane and friends at Bill Memorial Library in Groton on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Helen Sakellarides of Norwich plays the maracas during a Finding Your Groove percussion session at Artreach, Inc in Norwich on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Sakellarides was having her car serviced at a nearby dealership when she heard the music and decided to join in instead of waiting in the lobby. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Brian Bergman plays the guitar during a sing-along with Miss Mary-Jane and friends at Bill Memorial Library in Groton on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    A crowd watches as Jampson Jubilee performs at the Whale Tail Stage in New London on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Diane Rowe and her daughter Harper, 3, of Groton, dance as their dog Raven sits on a blanket during a sing-a-long with Miss Mary-Jane and friends at Bill Memorial Library in Groton on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Members of Jampson Jubilee warm up before performing at the Whale Tail Stage in New London on Monday, June 21, 2021, as part of Make Music Day. Organized locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the 10th annual event is a worldwide celebration of those who create, play, listen, sing and dance. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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